Perseid meteors this weekend

first_imgDear Editor,The planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are lined off this month of August 2018: Venus in Virgo, Jupiter in Libra, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Mars in Capricorn. Venus can be seen up to about 9pm, Jupiter up to about midnight, Saturn up to 2am, and Mars up to 4am. Mars has overtaken Jupiter in brightness, and is now the 4th brightest heavenly body (after the Sun, Moon and Venus) up to September.This weekend of August 11-12, the Moon is fairly new and will therefore not be interfering with visibility. That interference will be left to the weather and bright city lights.Every year around August 11-12, the Perseid meteors encounter the Earth. They are called the Perseid meteors because, when you see these shooting stars, they appear to emerge from the constellation Perseus, which rises not until around midnight. The next time this meteor shower will be so near a favourable New Moon will be in the year 2026.The University of Guyana Astronomical Society (UGAS) have informed me that they are going to use the 2018 opportunity to view the Perseid meteors — which are sporadic, but can average 70 meteors per minute in good visibility. So they are renting a high rooftop in Queen Street, Kitty, opposite Glow Hotel, to minimise the bright city lights; and are inviting the public at a cost of $1,000 per person, $500 per child, to camp out for the events.They plan to set up by 6.30 pm on Sunday, August 12, and showcase their recently acquired 10” reflecting telescope while providing the opportunity for those who have their own instruments to use or demonstrate them on the planets Andromeda and our own Milky Way galaxies and all the interesting constellations.Early comers may be able to catch the Southern Cross and Venus before they set in the West. Knowledgeable persons should be available all night until dawn to talk night sky lore and discuss theories of the universe. I am told that refreshments can be purchased on location.So let’s pray the weather permits clear viewing. We can always wait it out in fruitful discussion and answering of questions.Yours sincerely,Alfred Bhulailast_img read more

Court Rejects Accused FDA Managers Re-arrest Order

first_imgA request by state lawyers that the Court ignored a US$1.5 million bail-bond—secured on behalf of several former managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), on Tuesday, April 8,—and re-arrest them, was denied by Criminal Court ‘C’. That left the defendants ‘free to walk,’ pending final determination of the case by the Court.The Prosecution had asked the court to set aside the US$1.5 million bail-bond issued and tendered by Medicare Insurance Company and the Insurance Company of Africa.They argued that the bond was insufficient considering the more than US$13million allegedly stolen by the defendants from government; the Prosecution had asked that the bail be double the amount it had sued for.Defense lawyers however pleaded that the Prosecution’s request be denied, relying on the Insurance Companies to ensure that the defendants appearance bond produced them in Court at the appointed time.In the Court’s ruling, Judge Blamo Dixon declared: “The defendants’ bonds are hereby allowed and permitted, since their sureties have justified said bail- bond.The bonds of the defendants shall stand or same shall be retained pending notice from the Court. It is hereby ordered.”Judge Dixon further declared, “the two companies, Insurance Company of Africa and Medicare Insurance Company serving as sureties for the defendants promised that they will guarantee their day to day appearance in court pending final determination of the case.”Quoting Article 21, Section (8), Sub-section one and two of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, the Criminal Court Judge said it provides that “All persons shall be bailable upon their personal recognizance or by sufficient sureties, depending upon the gravity of the charge.”Judge Dixon added that: “excessive bail would not be allowed.”He further ruled,  “In view of the law controlling as found in Section 53.6 of the Civil Procedure Law and section 13.4 of the Criminal Procedure Law, the court is constrained to allow the bail bond of the defendants.”Surprisingly, none of the government lawyers were seen in Court on Tuesday, when the Court ruled in connection with their request. The former managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), including it managing director, Moses Wogbeh, were jointly indicted with multiple crimes:  economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery, or counterfeiting, obtaining, obstruction of government by public servant, etc., in connection with the much publicized Private Use Permits (PUPs) saga.Following that, the indictment was served on them (defendants) and they were brought under the jurisdiction of the Court. They were subsequently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison, pending the filing of a bail-bond.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Terrorists Have No Borders,’ Says Sen. Zargo

first_imgECOWAS delegation at the opening ceremony of a 3days of 37th Ordinary meeting of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defense StaffsSenator Steve Zargo, chairman of the Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs says terrorists have no borders due to their presence all over the world, especially in the African region.“Terrorism is one of the greatest concerns in the ECOWAS sub-region and therefore we must all work together to save our countries,” he said.He made the statement recently at the end of the 37th Ordinary Meeting of ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defense Staff in Monrovia.Sen. Zargo said this is not just a security concern but an economic concern as well.According to him, in the face of the expansion and extension of terrorist tentacles in the sub-region, there is a need for collaboration, coordination and cooperation towards the joint operation of West African forces and other national security institutions.He stated that political actors in the West Africa sub-region recently decisively responded to the situation in The Gambia which is worthy of commendation.“Preventing criminal activities that are piracy in our maritime domain is an issue that should be jointly tackled by security forces of our sub-region,” he also stated.He called on the Regional Maritime Center for West Africa (CRESMAO) to work with Liberia’s maritime and enhance the respective economic growth in ECOWAS countries.Zargo explained that Liberia is at the critical juncture in its democratic process, owning to the October Presidential and Legislative elections.Senator Zargo admonished “our gallant men and women in arms to continue the vigilance, coupled with their coordination and collaboration with other front line national security institutions to ensure Liberians have a violence free election.”Major General Daniel Ziankahn, the Chief of Defense Staff disclosed that the three-day meeting was very successful because key instruments were adopted to ensure the implementation for the betterment of the ECOWAS sub-region.He explained that decisions reached included the revised structure of the ECOWAS standby force, doctrine of the ECOWAS standby force, the contest of operation in The Gambia, and plans to commence military exercises in 2018.“I assure everyone that these decisions will be implemented in due course.ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed expressed appreciation to members of ECOWAS for their presence at the meeting.She said the key instruments that were adopted during the meeting will be fully implemented for the growth of ECOWAS member states.“We thank the Government of Liberia for the warm reception and for contributing to peace in the country and as few days are left for the October elections, it is our hope that ECOWAS will contribute to a peaceful election in Liberia,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rehabilitated $9.7B WCD road already deteriorating

first_imgMere months after its official completion, a hole has developed on the Vreed-en-Hoop access road, West Coast Demerara, attracting urgent attention by contractors on Wednesday morning.When Guyana Times visited the area, crew members from Jamaican CompanyOne of the holes drilled by contractors‘Surrey, Paving and Aggregate Company Limited’, who were responsible for the construction of the road had begun drilling holes to surround the sunken section of road, as they explained that they were conducting an examination to determine the reason for the sunken road.When contacted, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said he was unaware of what was going on in the area.Calls made to the Head of the Works Services Group went unanswered.This newspaper understands that days before the hole formed, the patch wasThe deteriorated section of the road at Vreed-en-Hoopuneven and rough causing motorists to avoid using that section of the roadway.The $9.7 billion project was completed by the Jamaican company along with BK International earlier this year after several hiccups and setbacks.Back in July when the road was commissioned by the subject Minister, it was noted that the project was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).Some 30.7 kilometers of the West Coast roadway was rehabilitated to include bridges and culverts, new ‘shared-use’ lanes for cyclists and pedestrians at key junctions, the installation of high visibility traffic signs and road markers, the installation of pedestrian footpath bridges, the construction of concrete drains at critical locations and the construction of parking lanes along identified sections of the road, the Department of Public Information reported.The road improvement project was officially launched on March 20, 2014, at the Pegasus Hotel, and was scheduled to be executed over a period of five years.The expansion entailed the improvement of about 30.7 kilometres of the West Coast Demerara Road from Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie, East Bank Essequibo just about one mile East of Parika.last_img read more

NLC students wins UNBC award for academic writing

first_imgJoseph Kafka’s essay, Bill C-31: Has it Succeeded in Amending Gender Inequality?, was selected for the award by a committee that included academic instructors from NLC, and the regional chair for the University of Northern British Columbia, Linda Selby. The award, valued at $500, is presented annually to acknowledge an NLC student whose research paper demonstrates excellence in scholarly writing at a first- or second-year level. “This is the first time that I have applied for any kind of competition,” Kafka said. “I was confident that I had written a very good essay, but at the same time, I was also a little surprised when I found out I had been selected for the award.”- Advertisement – Kafka’s research essay was written for Eva St. Jean’s course, Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (FNST100). The paper explored whether Bill C-31: an Act to Amend the Indian Act succeeded in amending gender inequalities inherent in the Indian Act.In selecting Kafka’s essay, the committee cited the paper as demonstrating substantial research, disciplinary relevance, and strong writing style.last_img read more

Botswana pull out from Kenya U20 return leg

first_img0Shares0000The Botswana national women U20 football team has pulled out of the return leg against Kenya who hammered them 7-1 away.Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29- The Botswana national women’s football team has withdrawn from their 2018 Under-20 World Cup qualification return leg against Kenya’s Harambee Starlets which was slated for August 5 in Machakos.According to a communiqué from the Botswana Football Association signed by the Chief Executive Officer Ookeditse Malesu, the team has pull out due to lack of funds. “The team will not travel to Kenya for the return leg on August 5 in Nairobi. The Association has financial constraints hence is unable to continue with the participation in the tournament,” the letter reads in part.“Having considered all the available options, and in accordance with the required notices of withdrawal, the FA has resolved that the women’s Under-20 team will be withdrawn from the qualifiers.”Kenya had won the first leg 7-1 last week and put one foot into the second round of qualification, with Botswana being faced with a mountain to climb.The junior Starlets will now shift their attention to the next qualification phase where they are scheduled to play Ethiopia. They will face the neighbors in the first leg in Addis Ababa on September 15 before playing the return fixture on September 29.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Liverpool legend fears for Reds after ‘major’ Sturridge setback

first_imgRay Houghton has described Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury setback as a ‘major blow’ for Liverpool – and has warned the Reds will struggle to improve their fortunes in the coming weeks.Brendan Rodgers’ side have struggled to replicate last season’s sparkling form, which saw them push Manchester City close for the Premier League title.The Northern Irishman has not been helped by the sale of star striker Luis Suarez, along with Sturridge’s numerous injury problems.And, with the England striker set to be sidelined for another three weeks, former Anfield favourite Houghton believes Liverpool will struggle for results both domestically and in Europe.“If Sturridge is out for any length of time, it’s a major blow for Liverpool,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“Not only does it look he and Balotelli are injured, Henderson may be out for a while as well.“Liverpool are now down to the new players coming in. You do fear for them against Crystal Palace [this weekend], both teams are desperate for a result.“Liverpool need to get back to winning ways and you’re not sure that they’re going to.“The Champions League clash against Ludogorets is massive, especially after Brendan changed the team around for the match against Real Madrid.“That was with one eye on playing Ludogrets and Basel. He needs six points from those two games so he’s put a bit of pressure on himself.”last_img read more

How Manchester United reacted to Gary Neville’s surprise appointment

first_img Gary Neville 1 Valencia’s shock announcement that Gary Neville will take over as their new manager has taken everyone by surprise.He will join his brother Phil, who is currently in joint-charge of the club following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo.Valencia is part-owned by Singaporian businessman Peter Lim, who co-owns Salford City with the Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.Ex-professionals have reacted to the news on Twitter, with all seeing it as an encouraging appointment for the future of English coaching.See the best responses to the appointment below!last_img

ATHLETICS: BRIAN AND PHILOMENA WIN RACE 2 OF TIR CHONAILL AC SERIES

first_imgPhotograph 1 Paul OGara, Tir Choaill AC accepts sponsorship from Cara MD’s Romona and Canice Nicholas –also in piture l/r Eamon Harvey, Brenda Morris and Noreen Lyons from the organising committeeTir Chonaill AC Notes Brian McCabe and Plilomena Gallagher win Race 2 of club 5k Spring SeriesFriday evening last was warm, sunny and calm as Race 2 of the Tir Chonaill AC Spring series got away from starter Richard McCarthy’s whistle. Brian McCabe and Philomena Gallagher were impressive winners. Following the usual hospitality, club V.Chairman made presentations to 15 winners and thanked the various members of the organising group for ensuring the event was run safely and all participants had an enjoyable and challenging experience. He concluded ‘ I wish to thank all of you for participating tonight – to the group that laid out and stewarded the course – including the Gardai, to the group that looked after registrations ime keeping and results and finally to those that provided the very welcome hospitality’ Tír Chónaill 5K Series18th April 2014Position Race Number Time Name Category Club1 196 19.08 Brian McCabe Male St Nauls Runners 2 235 19.21 Daniel Mannion Male Tir Chonaill AC3 220 20.29 Martin O’Halloran Male Tir Chonaill AC4 210 20.40 Stephen Travers Male Tir Chonaill AC5 207 21.05 Martin Breslin Male Tir Chonaill AC6 213 21.15 Rodney Irwin Male No Club 7 198 21.21 Philomena Gallagher Female Tir Chonaill AC8 223 22.02 Greg Doherty Male No Club9 216 22.15 John Byrne Male No Club10 206 22.18 Paul McGuckin Male Tir Chonaill AC 11 209 22.18 Sharon Meehan Female Tir Chonaill AC12 202 22.18 Paddy McGlynn Male Tir Chonaill AC13 215 22.26 Shane Curran Male No Club14 227 22.42 Caroline Kennedy Female Bruckless Road Runners15 218 22.52 Edwina Sweeney Female Tir Chonaill AC16 236 23.09 Darragh Ward Male Tir Chonaill AC17 204 23.15 Joe Flannery Male Ballyshannon Rugby Club18 239 23.19 Greg O’Loughlin Male No Club19 195 23.25 Jackie Harvey Female Tir Chonaill AC20 211 23.40 Sean Kennedy Male No Club21 225 23.59 Majella Cunningham Female Bruckless Road Runners22 232 24.15 Alison Murray Female Bruckless Road Runners23 230 24.18 Johnny Gallagher Male No Club24 208 24.44 Lisa McCrudden Female No Club25 229 24.46 Patrice Gallagher Female Bruckless Road Runners26 200 25.22 Peter Duddy Male Bruckless Road Runners27 214 25.29 Michael Gallagher Male No Club28 242 25.31 Craig Hill Male No Club29 234 25.31 Sharon Cunningham Female Bruckless Road Runners30 248 25.40 Bernie Gallagher Female No Club31 212 25.41 Sarah McGroary Female Tir Chonaill AC32 251 25.54 Jane Flannery Female No Club33 243 26.25 Aideen Brides Female No Club34 233 26.34 Carmel Monaghan Female Bruckless Road Runners35 201 27.06 Shaun White Male No Club36 244 27.20 Nonie Melly Female No Club37 219 27.22 Frances Norrby Female St Nauls Runners38 205 27.25 Mary McGuckin Female St Nauls Runners39 250 27.37 Sean Brennan Male No Club40 237 28.02 Catherine Coughlan Female St Nauls Runners41 226 28.06 Phil Byrne Female Bruckless Road Runners42 247 28.56 Caroline Ward Female No Club43 224 29.14 Wendy McCallig Female No Club44 217 29.22 Frances Spencer Male No Club45 199 29.22 Mags McNuty Female Tir Chonaill AC46 228 29.50 Kerri Spence Female No Club47 231 29.50 Ann Marie McBrearty Female No Club48 240 29.56 Tina McMullin Female No Club49 241 29.56 Edwina Cassidy Female No Club50 245 30.29 Susan McGrory Female No Club51 249 30.30 Kathy Mullen Female No Club52 246 30.53 Pamela Duignan Female No Club53 221 31.44 Jacqueline Doherty Female St Nauls Runners54 222 32.00 Regina Doherty Female No Club55 197 33.05 Kian McCabe Male St Nauls Runners56 203 34.05 Lynn Fisher Female No Club57 238 34.05 Alma McClay Female No ClubSuccess for club athletes at Carney 10kCongrats and really well done to all our athletes at the Carney 10k on Monday last. The race was ran in glorious, warm sunshine and with a cooling breeze on the last 2k, making it a very pleasant experience. There were some category prizes, several pb’s and all with great performances. Richard McCarty – 39.40: John Coyle – 40.32: Philomena Gallagher – 44.28 (2nd): Sonya O’Connell – 48.19 (pb): Bernie Mc Neely – 49.13 (3rd): Shane O’Donnell – 49.16 (pb): Jackie Harvey – 50.09: Olivia Murphy – 50.17 (pb): Eileen Ward – 53.01: Martina Coughlin – 53.32 (pb first 10k race): Siobhan Govorov – 66.42: Well done all.The Ardara 10k on Sunday next is the next outing for the clubs road group. It’s a one o’clock start and Donal Haughey guarantees a war m welcome and a well organised eventCara Bundoran 10 2014 present €15,000 to chosen charitiesAt a recent presentation function in Ballyshannon €15,000 – the profits from the recent very successful, well organised and supported Cara Bundoran 10 2014 – the event attracted 1,500 runners/walkers to the seaside town on March 1st 2014 — was made to the following groups/charitiesBrian Thompson representing Laura Lynn – Ireland’s Children’s Hospice,Penny Brennan representing The Marie Keating Foundation,Caroline Cooke (NYP Bundoran) Foróige andPaul O’Gara representing Tír Chonaill Athletics Club.Making the presentations, Canice and Ramona Nicholas, Joint MD’s of Cara Pharmacies, thanked all for attending, everyone that took part in the weekend event, sponsors and all who helped in any way to make the event a huge success! Here’s to a Bigger and Better 2015!On behalf of Tir Chonaill AC, Charirman, David Doherty indicated ‘ A big thanks to our main sponsor CARA. It’s having sponsors like Cara that makes it possible for Tir Chonaill AC to achieve the many great things that we do within our communities. Thanks to the organising committee and the numerous support individuals/groups that worked behind the scenes, including many members of our own club ensuring the weekend event was a huge success. Thanks again guys’At a recent presentation function in Ballyshannon €15,000 – the profits from the recent very successful, well organised and supported Cara Bundoran 10 2014 – was made to the following groups/charities– Brian Thompson representing Laura Lynn – Ireland’s Children’s Hospice,– Penny Brennan representing The Marie Keating Foundation,– Caroline Cooke (NYP Bundoran) Foróige and– Paul O’Gara representing Tír Chonaill Athletics Club.– Making the presentations, Canice and Ramona Nicholas, Joint MD’s of Cara Pharmacies, thanked all for attending, everyone that took part in the weekend event, sponsors and all who helped in any way to make the event a huge success! Here’s to a Bigger and Better 2015ATHLETICS: BRIAN AND PHILOMENA WIN RACE 2 OF TIR CHONAILL AC SERIES was last modified: April 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:tir chonaill club notes and pixlast_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery throws support behind Mesut Ozil over Germany controversy

first_imgUnai Emery has said he expects Mesut Ozil to have a ‘big season’ for Arsenal and has thrown his support behind the Gunners star following his controversial decision to quit the Germany team. 4 New boss Emery is preparing for his first season in charge of Arsenal Ozil announced this week he had retired from international football following defending world champions Germany’s miserable World Cup, which saw them crash out at the group stage.The 29-year-old called time on his nine-year career with Die Mannschaft after accusing the German Football Association (DFB) of treating him with “racism and disrespect” over the issue of a photograph featuring the player alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which was taken before the World Cup.The DFB has “emphatically rejected” Ozil’s claims of racist treatment and while Gunners manager Emery did not take sides, he offered his support to the German as a member of his squad on a pre-season tour of Singapore.New boss Emery is keen to offer the star a semblance of “normality” now that he has returned to the club ahead of his first season in charge. 4 Speaking at a press conference ahead of Thursday’s friendly against Atletico Madrid, Emery told arsenal.com: “All of us want to help Mesut feel like it is his home here with us, like a family and it is a family for every player.“He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he decided to come here and work with us before our two matches.”Emery says he has not yet spoken to Ozil about his decision, which was explained across several lengthy statements on Twitter.“He arrived on Sunday to travel and I prefer to give him the normality in the team and for him to feel good with us,” said the Spanish coach, who is backing Ozil to respond brightly to any negative fallout.“He has experience, he has quality and he has a great mentality and we are going to help him feel good and to show his quality with us. I am sure he is going to have a big season with us.“I am very happy with him, every player is looking together and Mesut has the respect of every player here. It is a personal decision from Mesut and I respect it.” Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who insists he is “concentrating on this season” amid speculation about his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium, is also keen to support Ozil as a colleague and to avoid assuming a position in his argument with the DFB.The 36-year-old Czech said: “I’m not in a position to really comment on that, it’s a private personal matter for Mesut against the German Federation.“As a team we support him here, we try to make sure he feels good, so he can train and perform at his best. As a team that’s all we can do. 4 Mesut Ozil was singled out for criticism during the World Cup Mesut Ozil has returned to Arsenal following Germany’s World Cup disaster 4 Petr Cech has been linked with a move away from Arsenal “Obviously his decision is his decision and everyone should respect that.“He’s training really well, he’s happy to be with us and we’re happy to have him back as well because he is one of the key players in our team and we need him to be fit and ready for the season.“He has been working really hard so hopefully he will be fit.”last_img read more